Supper tonight was soup from a bowl given to me by a very good friend who has just died. Years ago, when she saw my teapot, she commented that she recognised the work of the same potter who had made some bowls that she had. Then, in her characteristically generous way, she gave me the three bowls to go with my teapot.
So today's gratitude is for friends.
As I set out to drive to Falstone for a PCC meeting, I switched on the car radio and heard part of a requiem by Cimarosa: "Rest eternal grant unto her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her." How appropriate.